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The Last Basket

Bradley faculty, staff, alumni and friends gathered in Robertson Memorial Field House on March 27 for a special event marking the "Last Basket" in the historic structure slated for demolition this spring. Bradley President Joanne Glasser recognized the descendents of A.J. Robertson, for whom the building was named. She also announced that the University will ask the City of Peoria to change the name of Maplewood Avenue off Main Street to A.J. Robertson Court. The street will lead to a cul-de-sac at the front of the new men's basketball practice facility and a statue memorializing Robertson will be placed there. Robertson's great-grandson, James, took the ceremonial "last shot."

Alfred James (Robbie) Robertson was the athletic director and coach of three sports on the Hilltop--baseball, basketball and football-during his 28-year career at Bradley. He died in 1948. The Field House was dedicated to the memory of Robertson on December 17, 1949.

A new athletic performance center is expected to be completed in the spring of 2010. It will serve as the home court for women's basketball and volleyball. It will include a 4200-seat arena, offices for Department of Athletics staff, locker rooms, and a Hall of Fame. It will be adjoined by a new men's basketball practice facility.

View a short video of the final moments of the Robertson Memorial Field House. Go>